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South Arts offers grant programs for nonprofit performing and literary arts presenting organizations.  Get an update for the grant programs >>

Regional Touring:  Performing Arts

Regional Touring grants support performing arts presenting organizations for engagements by guest artists (theatre, music, opera, musical theatre and dance) from outside of the presenter’s state. The project must include publicly accessible performances and educational activities that provide opportunities for people to participate in the arts.
Deadline: March 2, 2015 (the application deadline has passed)

Regional Touring Block-Booked Tours encourage teams of three or more presenters in two or more South Arts states to block-book performing artists and ensembles. Eligible tours must include publicly accessible performances and educational activities.
Deadline: March 9, 2015 (the application deadline has passed)

Literary Arts

Literary Arts Touring grants support literary arts presenting organizations for engagements by guest writers (fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry) from outside the presenter’s state. These touring funds support publicly accessible readings and educational activities that provide opportunities for people to participate in the arts.
Deadline: May 1, 2015 (the application deadline has passed)

Southern Fast Track

Southern Fast Track Touring grants are aimed at performing arts and literary arts presenters with annual operating budgets of $150,000 or less to support engagements by guest artists from outside the presenter’s state. The project must include both a publicly accessible performance/reading and an educational component which provide opportunities for people to participate in the arts.  This grant program will be redesigned for the 2016-2017 grant cycle. Check back for new details!

Presenter Assistance

Planning and Travel Grants: To strengthen program design and organizational capacity for presenters, funding of up to $700 will support Planning Grants for artist residencies and Travel Grants for professional development.  These grants are intended for traveling to see work; participating in a significant professional development opportunity; and hosting an artistic director planning visit.  Grants are very limited and awarded on a first-come/first-served basis, so early submission is encouraged. 
Deadline: Year-round, at least 60 days prior to activities. 

Performing Arts Exchange Travel Subsidies: Professional Development grants help enhance Southern arts organizations’ capacity through technical assistance and resources – specifically, professional development and travel subsidies to attend the Performing Arts Exchange in Baltimore, MD. 
Deadline: July 10, 2015  

Special Initiatives

Occasionally, South Arts offers special initiatives for arts presenters in its region.  Our most recent effort was the Dance Touring Initiative, a three-year project to enhance the presentation of modern dance and contemporary ballet for presenters and audiences. The application deadline has passed; however, please check back in the future for additional opportunities.